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Fortitude

May 9, 2007

I think I forgot to mention last year that The Wife is one strong woman. During her C-Section, there was a problem with the epidural injection that was supposed to cover the pain during that quite invasive– but necessarily conscious– surgery. From my seat, I could see the nervous eyes of the two anesthesiologists peeking over their masks as they quietly conferred about how to remedy the situation. They waited until the babies were both safely delivered, then kindly inquired about The Wife’s level of pain. True to form, she deferred any concern, confident that her unusual levels of discomfort were only psychological, reflecting her utter familiarity with the surgical procedure underway. She was sure that she could feel every tug and incision because she had assisted in the same procedure countless times, and so waved them off. After some gentle arguing, the lead anesthesiologist finally talked her into taking some gas, since her pain was in fact completely real, and the babies were safely separated from her.

Pain threshold? I’d say it’s pretty high. Mental strength? Uh, yeah… Protective of her kids? Step back, folks.

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6 Responses to “Fortitude”

  1. Julie G in K'zoo says:

    Happy Birthday Ella!

    I know its a bittersweet day, and I’m thinking of and remembering with you.

    Message to Ella —
    Have great fun with both friends and animals at your party. And remember to give your mommy and daddy extra special smiles, hugs and kisses today, they will appreciate them.

  2. kate says:

    Saying ‘Stacy is strong’ is pretty much like saying ‘the sky is blue’ (on a sunny day, that is. Not today). I almost have to deduct points for redundancy! ;)
    Can’t wait to see you all in about an hour. Happy birthday, dear Ella!

  3. Anonymous says:

    “Happy Birthday to you! Happy Birthday to you! Happy Birthday, Dear Ella and Will! Happy Birthday to you!” xoxoxoxox Nana

  4. I am overcome with emotion at the moment..

    Hugs and love to you all with the best wishes for a blessed day.

    Stacy: All mothers should be fierce like a lioness when it comes to protecting their children. Carry on.

  5. Anonymous says:

    Happy Birthday Dear Ella!

  6. lisa s. says:

    Was out of town.

    Happy Birthday to the entire fam!

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